MATT BARLOW’S WORLD CUP DIARY: France boss Didier Deschamps is frustrated by injuries after Karim Benzema blow, Brazil ban families from team hotel and Cafu wishes Wales good luck
- France boss Didier Deschamps is frustrated by the injuries to his players
- Brazil have decided to ban families of players and staff from the team hotel
- Cafu, who won the World Cup twice with Brazil, has wished Wales good luck
- Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results
After the World Cup started with Ecuador beating hosts Qatar, attention now turns to England ahead of their opening game with Iran.
The other nations at the tournament are also preparing to get their own campaigns underway.
In light of that, Sportsmail‘s MATT BARLOW pens his latest World Cup diary from Doha.
France boss Didier Deschamps was left hugely frustrated by his team’s latest injury blow
Deschamps despair at losing Benzema
France boss Didier Deschamps is reaching the end of his tether over injuries.
Already without Christopher Nkunku, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, Deschamps saw Karim Benzema forced out with a thigh muscle injury suffered in training on Saturday evening.
He apparently could not summon the brain power required to call up a replacement and so the French will defend their title with 25 players. Still, glance through the squad and there is an amazing depth of quality.
Deschamps didn’t call up a replacement for Karim Benzema after the striker was ruled out
Brazil ban families from team hotel
Brazil have broken with their usual routine by banning families of players and staff from the team hotel. Instead, they have set up a family space at their training base, Al Arabi Sports Club, which includes a slide, swing and ball pits for the children.
Family time will be limited to a couple of hours after training on the day after a game.
The walls have been emblazoned with enormous images of Brazil’s five World Cup wins and, on a wall at the end of one corridor, the date 2022 and a question mark beside their famous crest. They are here to win it
Brazil have banned the families of players and staff from the team hotel at the World Cup
Spain stopped from bringing Iberico ham to Qatar
After the South Americans checked into Qatar with vast quantities of prime beef there have been mixed fortunes for the Iberians and their food.
The Portuguese arrived with their own pastel de nata custard tarts and were sharing them with the media who descended on them for a glance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Spain’s efforts to bring their finest Iberico ham was foiled by the restrictions on pork imports.
Cafu wishes Wales good luck
It Is one thing to hear Tottenham defender Ben Davies conducting a Wales press conference in Welsh.
It was quite another to see Cafu, Brazil’s legendary flying full back, in his bucket hat, complete with red dragon badge, wrapping his tongue around the unusual vowels of the Celtic language on behalf of Budweiser to wish Rob Page’s team well on their return to the World Cup.
Legendary former Brazil defender Cafu has wished Wales good luck at the World Cup
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